The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Poverty
Where: Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave.
212-817-7000 Price: Free
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Abstract: Health reforms in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) make possible a valid Health Inclusive Poverty Measure (HIPM)—a measure that incorporates a need for health insurance in the poverty threshold and counts health insurance benefits as resources available to meet that need (Korenman and Remler 2016). We implement a national HIPM to study the impact on poverty of state Medicaid expansions and other health insurance benefits under the ACA. Results suggest that the poverty measure matters. We use the HIPM to account for impacts of the health insurance benefits on poverty rates and gaps (poverty depth) and, more generally, to describe how including health in poverty measurement shape our understanding of the nature of US poverty and the impact of social programs.Buy tickets/get more info now